In the forenoon, there are plenty of organized tourist groups along the route. Around noon in the summertime, one is heartlessly fried in the sun while searching for the cache - don’t forget to bring your beverages and sunscreens, or you might end up being involuntary fodder. The best time in summer is the early forenoon or the late afternoon past 5:00 p.m. In the afternoon, you’ll meet only a few two-legged conspecifics, the sun shrouds the surroundings in a pleasant light, the air can be inhaled with ease again and the vultures draw their circles.
Starting point is the Maison des Vautours in the town Rémuzat at N44°24.860, E5°21.386. Get some information here regarding the animal species which gave this cache its name and which inspired Karl May to one of his book titles. A few years ago, the excursion you’re about to go on was an insider tip. Meanwhile, there are guided tours on a regular basis, and at 9:00 a.m. in the morning, tourist cars of the hobby ornithologists are parked in front of the slaughterhouse awaiting the tour guide.
Alternative setting of task:
In the town, you shouldn’t drive too fast. How many Ralentisseurs take care of this? Solution = A
Leave Rémuzat southward, follow the D94 and pass the slaughterhouse. Back when the slaughterhouse was still in use and the road went through between the buildings (an interesting object to study the French mentality of road building: the road is now redirected in the back, right where the back wall of the buildings formerly used to be joined to the rock and where architecture and nature were separated by man-made operations), the variety meats were fed to newly settled animals. For this and similar reasons, swimming downstream within a kilometer is prohibited – a wonderful bathing place is in prospect for you at the end of the tour as a recompense. In the meantime, the animals seem to make a good living out of the resources in this region.
Having reached N44°25.131, E5°19.935, you’ll realize that the road construction company indeed laid out many small and large parking lots, but unfortunately none of them provides water for refreshment. Nearby, however, there’s a place where spring water runs into a trough sheltered by a stony arch. It’s not specifically labeled as drinking water, yet it’s very refreshing, tastes good and no side effects are known even after repeated consumption. A good opportunity of stocking up with water and solving a task right away:
Alternatively, you can solve the following task too:
Monseigneur Paget, Bishop of Valence by profession, and his assistants set up and also sanctified a Christian symbol up here in April. Sum the digits of all numbers, and subtract from the result (C+1). The outcome is F as well.
At N44°25.116, E5°20.873, another ingredient of the mixed herbs was cultivated. Among other things, a good mixture of herbs can be recognized by containing this ingredient, which isn’t the case that often. Once again, you need to determine its initial letter’s position in the alphabet (French or English word). The resulting number is G as well.
To determine the coordinates of the cache’s destination, some calculating will be necessary:
Contents: Some regional picture postcards, a log, pencils.
After raising the cache successfully, you may go for a swim in the Eygue in summer. There’s a wonderful opportunity to do that at N44°25.995, E5°18.608. Of course, you can also hang around here before searching for the cache and build up your energy.